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#16 Shane Nokes

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 21:52

I beg to differ. The diagonal lines across the flower are consistent with a Tilt-Shift blur done in PS CS6.

Diagonal lines? I see standard image compression, but I don't see those, and I'm on a professionally calibrated monitor. Normally I'm the person who tears these images apart if I spot poorly handled PS work.

#17 FlintyV


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Posted 27 October 2012 - 22:10

So people are surprised that Microsoft didn't include 2560x1440 wallpapers when it's going to be a tiny market share and are surprised to see artifacts when they're blowing up an image 4 times? :huh:

#18 Joga


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Posted 28 October 2012 - 05:39

I actually discovered this just the other day. The OP is right - Windows automatically compresses your wallpapers when you set them. At least it does when you use custom wallpapers - I'm not entirely sure how Microsoft does it for the default ones. It stores the compressed file in C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes - you'll notice that "Transcoded wallpaper" is significantly smaller than whatever the actual image is.

Through some trial and error I've found a way around it though. Assuming your wallpaper is a .jpg, you first have to convert it to a .png (I use the Gimp or probably even Paint works). If it's a jpeg then Windows will always compress it. How you need to set the background so that it's lossless seems to depend on your OS:

For Windows 8: Once it's a png you can just use File Explorer and right click -> set as desktop background. You can also use the Personalization menu from the desktop.

For Windows 7: The only way I could get it to not compress was to open the png in Firefox and right click -> set as desktop background. This works in 7 but creates artifacts in 8 - it's weird. I primarily use 8 so I haven't tested 7 as much.

The jpeg artifacts are particularly noticeable with vector art. I use this image is a test: http://fwallpapers.c...-background.png

You can see it for yourself - save it and set it via Windows Photo viewer - you'll notice the orangish curve in the middle has noticeable jpeg artifacting (even though the source is a png). Then try setting it via File Explorer (assuming Windows 8) - it's completely lossless. The artifacts usually aren't that noticeable - especially with nature photos and stuff; I'm just pedantic about my desktop backgrounds.

Edit: Huh, I thought using File Explorer caused compression for PNGs in Win8, but apparently it doesn't. I think it still does in Windows 7 though. The important part is converting it to PNG. Then just play around with different methods of setting it until the artifacts disappear.